USDA DATA ON CAGE-FREE PRODUCTION

10/01/2018

Based on the importance of cage-free production, the USDA-AMS issues a monthly report on volumes and prices for the information of Industry stakeholders. There is some doubt as to the accuracy of the monthly flock numbers and the question is raised whether it would be more desirable to post accurate quarterly data in place of erratic monthly figures.

EGG-NEWS summarizes and comments on data and trends in the monthly USDA Cage-Free Report, supplementing the information posted weekly in the EGG-NEWS Egg Weekly Price and Inventory Report.

The USDA Cage Free Report for the month of September 2018 released on October 1st 2018 documented a 0.6 percent increase in hens producing under the Certified Organic seal and a 5.9 percent increase in cage-free flocks as compared to August 2018. Organic egg production was up 0.7 percent from August. Cage-free egg production was higher by 6.3 percent compared to the previous month. The respective numbers of hens in organic and cage-free flocks should reflect the realities of supply and demand in the market over successive quarters. Average flock production was increased to 75.3 percent for both categories of cage-free eggs (accepting USDA data):-

Flock size '18 (million hens)

March

April

May

June

July & Aug

Sept.

Certified Organic

15.0

15.5

15.6

15.6

15.6

15.7

Cage-free hens

36.9

38.9

38.9

39.1

39.1

41.4

Total non-caged

51.9

54.4

54.5

54.7

54.7

57.1

 

Average weekly production cases, September 2018 Δ

Certified Organic

229,356 was 227,748 Aug. +0.7%

Cage-free

606,304 was 569,960 Aug. +6.3%

Total non-caged

835,660 was 797,708 Aug. +4.8%

 

Average Wholesale Contract Price Cage-Free Brown

$1.59/doz. Unchanged since July

Range unchanged at:

$1.02 to $2.10/doz. (Av. $1.59/doz)

FOB Negotiated price, grade quality nest- run, loose

Average up 8.6 percent from August

$0.75 to $1.45/doz. (Av. $1.13/doz)

 

Average Advertised National Retail Price C-F, L, Brown

$2.55/doz. (was $2.93 August)

USDA 6-Region

High: SW

$2.74/doz. $3.17 NW

 

Low: MW

$2.24/doz. $2.56 MW

 

Kindly refer to weekly USDA wholesale and retail prices posted in the EGG-NEWS Egg Price and Inventory Report E-mailed each Friday. The previous Monthly Cage-Free Report is available under the STATISTICS Tab.


















































































































































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